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Chester Leadworks and Shot Tower

A Grade II* Listed Building in Boughton, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.1942 / 53°11'39"N

Longitude: -2.878 / 2°52'40"W

OS Eastings: 341436

OS Northings: 366704

OS Grid: SJ414667

Mapcode National: GBR 7B.2WYP

Mapcode Global: WH887.RZP4

Entry Name: Chester Leadworks and Shot Tower

Listing Date: 12 October 1981

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375860

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469839

Location: Cheshire West and Chester, CH1

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Electoral Ward/Division: Boughton

Built-Up Area: Chester

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Chester St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text


1932-1/6/181 (East side)
12/10/81 Chester Leadworks and Shot Tower


Leadworks and shot tower, the works now largely storage. 1799
and later. Brick; slate roofs.
EXTERIOR: industrial workshop formerly of 6 bays, now 3 bays
plus a higher west bay. The lower brickwork of south side to
Chester Canal altered C20, with doorway and 9 metal windows;
gable clock, 1801, face to canal. The partly-glazed roofs are
partly covered with sheet materials.
The shot tower, the principal feature which justifies the star
grading of this item, was built by Walkers Parker and Co. in
1799, primarily to provide lead shot for the Napoleonic wars
and the only British shot tower now to remain in use. It is
embraced by the workshops. Circular, 30 feet (9.1m) diameter
at base and 20 feet (6.0m) diameter at crown, it is 168 feet
(41.19m) high with an attached lightly clad steel-framed C20
INTERIOR: the shot-tower interior is intact with peripheral
stone spiral stair; 4 round-arched windows, rising with the
stair, to each turn.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the tower is important as evidence of the
revolutionary process of shot production patented by William
Watts in 1783.
(Associated Lead Manufacturers Trade Journal: Nichols DA:
Chester's Shot Tower: London: 1980-).

Listing NGR: SJ4143666704

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